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Secretary of State to open social mobility conference

Justin Greening MP will open today's social mobility conference in London, organised by CASP Bath with support from the IPR.

South West business leaders identify top barriers to growth

Business leaders from the South’s West foremost companies have said that investment in research and innovation, the upgrading of infrastructure and the development of skills and talent pose some of the biggest barriers in securing economic growth for the region.

Protests won’t topple Putin but Kremlin is right to be worried

J. Paul Goode, Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics, writes for The Conversation.

Motherhood is full of challenges - even for bird supermoms

Professor Tamás Székely from Biology & Biochemistry writes on the Milner Centre blog

Measuring the subjective wellbeing of children in care

An IPR blog post by Research Assistant Marsha Wood drawing, in part, on her work on children in care, which was also recently published in Sage's journal 'Adoption & Fostering'.

Graduate Kate French strikes Pentathlon world cup gold in Cairo

Alumna Kate French won the first World Cup gold of her career during a medal-laden international weekend for Pentathlon GB.

PhD student influences perceptions of US security policy

PoLIS PhD student Diorella Islas presented a new book about Think Tanks in the US at a meeting held in Mexico City.

Accessible, engaging textbooks could improve learning

Lizzi Milligan, Lecturer in International Education, writes for The Conversation.

Inaugural: From micelles to materials: 5 Apr

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Karen Edler will review her research on self-organised materials

Hustings on campus for West of England Mayor elections: 4 Apr

The first ever ‘Mayor for the West of England’ hustings and the only one in Bath; submit questions in advance: https://goo.gl/forms/HIigRDo6cSy0tabw1

POLIS academics talk at BRLSI French Elections event tonight

In discussion: Dr Susan Milner and Dr Nicholas Startin. (Dr Steve Wharton will moderate.)

Colour change test to help cancer research advance

A simple colour changing test to help scientists investigate potential cancer drugs has been developed by University of Bath scientists, allowing research to progress at a much greater speed than has been possible until now.

RAG's small grants have big impact

RAGs Small Grant Scheme is now open and accepting applications until Friday 31 March from charities or NGOs local to BANES who have an annual turnover of £20,000 or less.

Bath MBAs explore projects & internships with businesses

Bath MBA students do five projects during their course; up to three of these are consultancy projects for organisations.

Bringing the stock market to campus

Over 120 University of Bath students experienced what it’s like to work in the financial markets at a training course delivered by Amplify Trading.

WWF branding: The battle between ‘panda’ & ‘lights out’

Dr Zoe Lee (School of Management) asks how a strong brand identity can help charities who increasingly must satisfy both social & environmental goals and fundraising needs.

Europe’s mafia clans: young guns with deadly results

Dr Felia Allum, Senior Lecturer in Italian & Politics, writes for The Conversation.

Special guests enjoy Blue & Gold netball excitement

A special reception was held before the first home match of the week against Surrey Storm, on Monday.

Bill Durodié blogs for IPR: Do warnings work?

Blog post by Bill Durodié, Professor & Chair of International Relations (PoLIS), which also appeared on The Policy Space.

Use food subsidies as carrot to encourage healthier eating habits for obese

A new economics study suggests subsidising healthy foods by up to 10% would encourage a shift in eating habits and save the NHS money in the long-run.

Come and support your Faculty at the 3 Minute Thesis

Three minutes is not long, but it can feel even shorter when you are attempting to summarise your PhD in front of an audience using only one slide and no props.

Wednesday's attack in Westminster

You will have seen in the media the shocking images from yesterday’s appalling attack in Westminster. Naturally, we are thinking about those who have lost their lives, people who have been injured and their families and friends. We offer our deepest sympathies to all those affected.

Local Year 9 students study languages at university

Students from three local secondary schools recently descended on campus to see what it’s like to study languages at university.

Winning student video: 'What is Engineering?'

Students were tasked to create a short, educational video to inform school children of what engineering is.

Tobacco industry monitoring centres convene in Bath

Tobacco industry monitoring centres convened on campus last week for an intensive training session run by our Tobacco Control Research Group.

Jan Bartu awarded Hon Doctorate

GB Pentathlon performance director receives Honorary Degree at a special dinner at Bath’s Guildhall

Prof Daron Acemoglu (MIT) receives Honorary Degree

Professor Acemoglu is is a world-leading economist, known for his work on the importance of institutions for economic development.

Gender and Fairtrade film up for top award

A film by Roy Maconachie & Simon Wharf has been nominated for a national Learning on Screen Award

'The fight for beauty' with Dame Fiona Reynolds: 27 Mar

Former Director-General of the National Trust Dame Fiona Reynolds will speak on the importance of conserving beauty at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR).

One Young World Conference comes to Bath

This weekend we play host to the One Young World Conference with input from our students and researchers to inspire positive and sustainable change.

Gender and Fairtrade film nominated for top award

A film produced by Roy Maconachie and Simon Wharf has been nominated for a top national award.

Aurelien Mondon: French National Front has been "very clever"

Aurelien Mondon comments in an article on The Daily Beast titled: "Who the hell would vote for Marine Le Pen?"

The Simpsons & their mathematical secrets: Thu 23 Mar

Simon Singh delves amongst the cartoon drawings for the mathematical secrets hidden in the series.

Proud to receive ‘elite’ accreditation by UK Anti-Doping

University Director of Sport Stephen Baddeley said: “At a time of high-profile doping cases, the commitment to honest competition needs to be more robust than ever before so we will not be resting on our laurels – it is vital we continue to raise awareness of clean sport and ensure our athletes, students, coaches and staff continue to make the right choices.”

Western airpower & the myth of risk-free airstrikes: 23 Mar

Investigative journalist Chris Woods examines recent airpower conflicts, measuring what we publicly know against claims by militaries and governments - and showing that risk free warfare remains a myth.

What 'masochistic' wearable tech says about desire for choice

There is a growing appetite for technologies that take control of consumers' lives and place limits on the choices available.

Futures Day inspires Year 8 & 9 students

Local students attend Futures Days to help plan their Key Stage 4 options and future career pathways.

Impact of wobbly bridges and sky-scrapers on human health to be tested in government-funded research centre

The impact of vibrations from very tall buildings and wobbly bridges and floors on people’s health and well-being is to be researched in a new £7.2 million government-funded national research facility.

ISEE: All electric aircraft - the future of aviation: Tue 21 Mar

An I-SEE seminar led by Peter Wilson, Professor of Electronic and Systems Engineering

University of Bath scientist takes her research to Parliament

PhD student Natalie Vaughan won a Bronze Award when she attended Parliament to present her bioscience research part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 13 March.

21 top papers for British Science Week

To mark Science Week, the Library highlights some of the great science papers authored by Bath researchers

Spring Budget: T-levels, apprenticeships & industrial strategy

An IPR blog post by Dr Felicia Fai, Senior Lecturer in Business Economics and Director of Widening Participation and Outreach in the School of Management

Volunteers with anxiety-related conditions needed

We are trying to learn more about the factors which may encourage or discourage people with anxiety disorders to choose or choose not to seek help with the NHS and/or a mental health charity organisation such as Triumph Over Phobia (TOP UK).

People with ADHD can turn symptoms to their advantage as entrepreneurs

Hyperactivity and impulsiveness are symptoms that pose daily challenges to people living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but new research shows that they can be beneficial when it comes to entrepreneurship.

It's absolutely priceless; nothing like it

We asked academics what they're most looking forward to at Bath Taps into Science Festival this weekend

Phishing scams are becoming ever more sophisticated

Research Fellow Emma Williams (Psychology) has co-authored an article on cyber security for The Conversation.

The Hard Brexit road to Scottish Indyref2

Nick Pearce, Director of IPR, blogs about the call of a second Scottish referendum only three years after the first one.

Distant galaxies are dominated by gas and stars - where is the Dark Matter?

New observations of galaxies forming 10 billion years ago show they are dominated by “normal” matter, with so-called “dark matter” present in much smaller quantities than expected.

Hilarious evening of science cabaret: Thu 16 Mar

Geek comedian Steve Cross hosts some of Bath’s top science, comedy and performance talent in a night of clever chaotic cabaret.

Anniversary showcase shines spotlight on future of social work

Tonight's 50th Anniversary event will focus on the future for social care and social workers on both sides of the Atlantic.

What resilience should mean to policymakers

Dr Kemi Adeyeye, Senior Lecturer in Architecture & Civil Engineering, writes for the IPR blog.

Brexit’s global spillover: trade, aid & migration

Dr Maria Garcia (PoLIS) was commissioned to write an article on impacts of Brexit on third parties for the International Peace Institute's Global Observatory.

University of Bath to support start-ups at new Bristol Science Incubator, Unit DX

The University of Bath has teamed up with Unit DX, a new laboratory space and science incubator in Bristol. The Instrument Link is a new service developed to provide early-stage science companies at the Bristol facility access to Bath’s suite of cutting-edge research instrumentation through a sample processing service.

Professor Tess Ridge receives OBE

One of our leading social scientists, Professor Tess Ridge, has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to social sciences at an event held in Buckingham Palace presided over by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Silent voices and the conflict in Burma: Tue 14 Mar

New research on Northern Lights will improve satellite navigation accuracy

Researchers at the University of Bath have gained new insights into the mechanisms of the Northern Lights, providing an opportunity to develop better satellite technology that can negate outages caused by this natural phenomenon.

Report details policy costs of implementing universal basic income

A new IPR Working Paper assesses the policy options available in implementing Universal Basic Income in the UK.

Top up on carbs before and during run to reach finish line quickly

New research from the Department for Health suggests topping up on carbs both before and during a run to hit the finish line quickly and avoid hitting the wall.

It’s not what sport kids play but how they play it that matters

A new Conversation article from PhD Researcher Ioannis Costas Batlle (Education).

Dawkins’ fabled cooperative gene discovered in microbes

Geneticists from the Universities of Manchester and Bath are celebrating the discovery of the elusive ‘greenbeard gene’ that helps explain why organisms are more likely to cooperate with some individuals than others.

New international partnership with India

Memorandum of Understanding with Indian School of Management & Entrepreneurship

Department Open Day

Following the success of the 2016 event, we hold our second ever collaborative Department Open Day

Dawkins’ fabled cooperative gene discovered in microbes

Geneticists from the Universities of Manchester and Bath are celebrating the discovery of the elusive ‘greenbeard gene’ that helps explain why organisms are more likely to cooperate with some individuals than others.

Study gives clues to causes of Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists at the University of Bath have made further progress to understanding the role of one of the proteins that causes the neurodegenerative disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (also known as Motor Neurone Disease), and Parkinson’s Disease.

Take part in our study & learn more about decision-making

With this study we want to understand more about the developmental changes that take place as we age, so we can look towards the ways in which these challenges might be mitigated.

Research Rocket - healthy futures

This year's Research Rocket celebrated the contributions our early career research community

IPR blog: Is reform of social care doomed?

Professor Nick Pearce, Director of IPR, responds to the Budget.

Bath men’s 1st XV are just one win away from Twickenham

The University of Bath men’s 1st XV had a dramatic 20-19 victory in Tuesday’s BUCS Rugby Championship quarter-final at Durham University.

Female pessimism about pay could sustain the gender pay gap

Efforts to end the gender pay gap could be thwarted by the tendency for women to be pessimistic about their earning potential, shows new research from the University's School of Management.

Bath subjects in world’s top 100

Six of our subjects are in the world’s top 100 according to the QS World University Rankings released this week.

The need to move towards a more sustainable society

Dr Caroline McFarlane from the Department of Chemical Engineering writes about why she worked to develop our new MSc in Sustainable Chemical Engineering.

Making your office moves easier

Moving locations can be stressful so Computing Services have introduced an 'Office Move Request' form to the IT Help portal to make one element of the process more straightforward.

Have a look at our new facilities in 4 East South

A brief video tour of our new facilities for Architecture & Civil Engineering students in 4 East South.

Sensors – diagnostics for sustainable healthcare: Wed 12 Apr

The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) brings together expert speakers from the UK and Europe along with researchers at the CSCT to present the latest developments in sustainable healthcare technologies with a particular emphasis on sensors.

Pharmacy lecturer to run Bath Half Marathon in memory of his son

This weekend a pharmacy lecturer will be hitting the streets in the Bath Half Marathon in memory of his son.

Jane Millar blog: Benefits, income tests, overpayments & debts

Professor Jane Millar is a member of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) Leadership Team, in addition to her role as Professor of Social Policy.

Roller derby is mashing up gender norms in sport – here’s how

Simone Fullagar, Professor in Sport & Physical Cultural Studies writes for The Conversation

IPR blog by Prof Nick Pearce: Sea-changes in World power

Professor Nick Pearce has written a blog post following Donald Trump’s speech at the Newport News shipyard, and his pledge to expand the US Navy fleet to 350 ships.

Environmental diversity in architecture

7 Mar: Professor Koen Steemers will give a presentation after he receives an honorary degree

A new way to teach children about eating disorders

Dr Emma Rich & Professor Simone Fullagar (Health) coauthor an article for The Conversation UK

Andreas Kyprianou blogs for EPSRC

Growing capability in Statistics and Applied Probability: as seen from Bath

Section of Quarry Rd to close from Mon 6 Mar

A new entrance to the West car park, which is currently under construction, will be in use. If you want to access the eastern side of Campus, please use the main entrance on Convocation Avenue, off Claverton Down Road.

Responsible Research Assessment and Management

We have recently launched a set of principles outlining our approach to research assessment and management including the use of quantitative metrics.

Bath welcomes Yonsei researchers to workshop

A recent workshop developed collaboration in advanced separation and catalysis between researchers at Bath and Yonsei University, Korea.